CHICAGO (SUN TIMES MEDIA WIRE) - A person was injured and more than 100 people were evacuated after a fire broke out in a hotel room Sunday night in west suburban Oakbrook Terrace.
Firefighters responding at 9:38 p.m. to an activated fire alarm at the La Quinta Inn, 1 Midwest Road, found heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the hotel, Oakbrook Terrace Fire Protection District Chief Ralph DeLuca told reporters at the scene.
Three people were rescued from the third floor of the building with the use of exterior ground ladders, DeLuca said. More than 100 people were evacuated from inside the hotel.
One person suffered “minor smoke inhalation” in the blaze and was taken to the hospital, he said.
The fire was extinguished within about 20 minutes and was contained to a unit on the second floor, where it originated. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation and the hotel sustained “heavy smoke and fire damage,” DeLuca said.
The Oakbrook Terrace Fire Protection District was assisted in the evacuation by firefighters from Westchester, Westmont, Addison, Elmhurst, Lombard, Glen Ellyn, Villa Park and more.